Using sugar scrubs is pretty much essential as we head into the summer months. The winter has left our skin dry and even a little rough, so it’s time we make way for smooth and silky skin. The best way to do that? Exfoliate to slough away the dry skin and moisturize to keep the skin feeling soft as can be.
Sugar scrubs are so easy to make and you can interchange ingredients to suit your skin type and the aroma you prefer. The only two must-have ingredients are sugar for exfoliation and some type of oil to moisturize (coconut is usually my favourite!). Otherwise you can pretty much throw whatever you want into the mix! Coffee grinds? Sure! Raspberries? Go for it! Mint? Why not! All of these ingredients have plenty of benefits that will enhance your skin.
In my humble opinion, it’s best to keep things simple. Don’t blend too many ingredients together, as your skin doesn’t need too much going on. You’ll notice all the sugar scrub recipes below have about 3-5 ingredients, which I think is ideal. Certain ingredients work flawlessly together to give you the soothing results you’re looking for!
From a green tea sugar scrub that works to combat acne and blemishes, to a chocolate and honey lip scrub that’s simply intoxicating -and a whole lot in between, these 15 sugar scrubs will give you gorgeous summer skin.
[Need a backup for when life gets busy and you don’t have time to DIY your own sugar scrub? Try the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime. It’s to die for!]
SUGAR SCRUBS FOR FACE
Mint Sugar Facial Scrub (Moments With Mandi)
Coconut oil and tea tree oil are both great for treating acne-prone skin. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties while coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and clarifying properties. The two ingredients shine in this sugar scrub perfect for cleansing your face.
Coconut Coffee Scrub (Hello Glow)
Coffee grinds are packed with antioxidants and have so many benefits for your skin. This scrub is magic if you experience acne or puffiness in the face. Caffeine also reduces under eye bags, so give this scrub a go as soon as you wake up!
Rose Homemade Sugar Scrub (Consumer Crafts)
Lately I’ve been using more rose-based products on my skin, and let me tell you, it’s pretty amazing. Infused with rose, sugar and coconut oil, this scrub is sure to make your skin soft and bright.
SUGAR SCRUBS FOR LIPS
DIY Creamsicle Lip Scrub (Our Holly Days)
If you’re a fan of creamicles on a hot summer day, you’re going to LOVE this lip scrub. Not only will it exfoliate and moisturize your lips, it tastes just like an orange creamsicle!
Raspberry Sugar Scrub for Lips (Turning The Clock Back)
I love the scent of raspberry, especially for summer, and this scrub uses real fresh raspberries. The three-ingredient recipe is so simple to make and will make your lips so soft and kissable.
Chocolate Honey Lip Scrub (The Socialite’s Closet)
This concoction uses brown sugar instead of white sugar, as the granules are smaller and gentler on your lips. Honey has amazing softening properties for your skin and lips, and coconut oil is ultra-moisturizing.
SUGAR SCRUBS FOR FEET
Peppermint Foot Scrub (Blah Blah Magazine)
It’s no surprise that a sugar foot scrub with peppermint makes the top of this list! Peppermint is cooling and calming and helps combat foot odor. Mixed with coarse sugar and coconut oil, the blend is both moisturizing and refreshing!
Frankincense & Ginger Foot Scrub (Happy Strong Home)
Frankincense essential oil has loads of benefits ranging from supporting healthy digestion to calming and relaxing aromatherapy. Blended with ginger, which promotes blood circulation, this foot scrub is just what you need after the hustle and bustle of a long day.
Honey Citrus Sugar Scrub (Feeling Some Love)
Zesty and fresh, this four-ingredient scrub is perfect to use on your feet to slough away dead skin cells and leave them soft and moisturized. Plus, the citrus zest smells absolutely amazing!
SUGAR SCRUBS FOR HANDS
Coconut, Lime & Mint Sugar Scrub (Setting For Four)
This intoxicating trio smells like a tropical beach vacation and is super moisturizing for your skin. The coconut oil softens the skin, and the peppermint oil promotes healthy skin giving your hands a nice cooling sensation as you use it.
Lemongrass Honey Sugar Scrub (The Tasty Bite Blog)
This refreshing sugar scrub is sweet and exfoliating, working to give you super moisturized skin. Massage it into your hands to get rid of any rough and dry skin and your hands will be left feeling nice and soothed. Plus, the blend really stimulates the senses.
Calming Sugar Scrub with Lavender (Lemon Lime Adventures)
I love the calming scent of lavender, it’s just perfect for a soothing sugar scrub. Lavender essential oil has strong antioxidant properties, improves skin conditions such as eczema, and can even heal burns and wounds. Keep this recipe on hand for super soft and exfoliated hands.
SUGAR SCRUBS FOR ACNE
DIY Green Tea Scrub (Dear Crissy)
If you suffer from acne and pesky blemishes, using a green tea scrub is a great way to settle it. Green tea is a hard working anti-inflammatory that reduces scars and blemishes, plus it removes impurities from your skin giving you a healthy glow!
Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub (Essential Oils Obsessed)
Both lemon and honey are great for acne-prone skin. Lemon helps to tighten pores, while honey reduces breakouts with its antibacterial properties. Whip up this blend to moisturize and even out your skin!
Coffee Sugar Scrub (4 Sons ‘R’ Us)
Banish acne with this coffee sugar scrub. Coffee is a super exfoliant and this scrub will remove any dry skin and impurities. The magical bean is an anti-inflammatory, which makes your skin appear firmer, and the vitamin E will moisturize it making it feel nice and silky.
If you’re in need of some great skin exfoliators as we head into summer, try some of these ones out for amazing, glowing skin. You won’t be sorry!